To celebrate La Fete Nationale in typical Vive la France style, forget the berets and baguettes and try something a little different! It wouldn't be Bastille Day without an impressive array of vino, so be sure to proceed with caution and give everything a go – from the chenin to the viognier! We bring you our picks for celebrating Bastille Day at one of the best French restaurants in Sydney.
Bishop Sessa | Surry Hills
For the sustainable Francophiles among us, Chef Paul Cooper's dedication to butchering meats on site and sourcing local produce will ensure a guilt-free Bastille luncheon of epic proportions. If you're out with a few French-y friends, indulge in the six-course degustation at Bishop Sessa, with matched wines and make a toast to the superb scallops and mouth-watering bitter chocolate tart with honeycomb.
Aananas Bar & Brasserie | The Rocks
Host to possibly the most extensive selection of champagne in Sydney, this foodie favourite within The Rocks has amassed regulars for its ability to transform traditional French cuisine into stunning modern dishes. Ananas will be hosting a 'magnifique banquet' on the 14th, 15th, and 17th as well as an entire week of festivities including picnics, dessert tastings, and a day dedicated to exploring French cheese.
North Sydney Market | North Sydney
For a lazy day spent exploring some of the best and freshest of North Sydney, this outdoor market with over 75 growers will be bursting to the brim with produce for your D.I.Y Bastille festivities. Come along to North Sydney Market on Saturday the 12th to stock up on ingredients for your homemade masterpieces—whether it's a coq au vin or crème brulee!
Felix | CBD
For something a little more traditionally French, head to Felix and take in the sumptuous Versailles décor along with a beef bourguignon or their decadent gruyere soufflé. Stop by on Monday to take in Felix's Bastille special, including a three-course meal and some Ruinart champagne to kick-start a night of Moulin-Rouge-esque shenanigans. This little bistro is one of the best French restaurants in Sydney and is guaranteed to hit the spot. Oui!
Vincent | Woollahra
It seems that most French restaurants in Sydney play host to varied and generous wine lists. In terms of choice, however, Vincent takes the proverbial cake. With over 100 wines available, as well as knowledgeable staff who know what they're talking about, your choice of vintage is in good hands. Dine in the courtyard of the revamped Hughenden Hotel and share a cheese plate with some fellow vino enthusiasts and you've got yourself a pretty perfect night.
Cafe Nice | CBD
Staying true to its geographical roots, Café Nice amalgamates the flavours of both Italy and Southern France in its picturesque setting overlooking the harbour. With delectable French twists on Italian classics (think pizza and polenta), this is the perfect spot for couples looking for something familiar, yet deliciously reinvented with a French sensibility. Give the Poulet Roti a go, and be sure to get adventurous with their superb wine list!
Vamps French Bistro | Paddington
Vamps French Bistro has embraced its kitschy Parisian design and created a homely and warm BYO venue for more understated Bastille Day celebrations in Sydney. For simple and traditional French meals with no indecipherable sides or complex garnishes, Vamps is ideal for those wanting a hearty meal in a cosy bistro where they let the food do the talking.
Laduree | CBD
It doesn't get much more French than Ladurée! Adored worldwide, the luxury bakery is celebrating Bastille Day with delectable high tea, featuring a selection of fine pastries, tea and of course, its iconic macarons.
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